We are more than happy to offer advice and help you with your special day, whether it’s helping to chill the champagne you have supplied, or catering for your guest with that special dietary requirement that you can’t pronounce!
Where marquees are concerned, we can advise you on the electrical power requirements and generator suppliers, the best marquee company, table & chair hire, chair cover hire and so much more.
Firstly, get to know your caterer! Ask yourself...
Do they have the expertise, equipment, staff, vehicles, knowledge, experience and staying power to supply quality catering, usually under challenging working conditions (sometimes in a tent in a field !)
Can they cope?
Questions you could ask them...
Do they have public liability insurance?
Do they have the full team of experienced, professional uniformed waiting staff?
Are they a real caterer or just a sandwich shop 'giving it a go'?
Can they supply references?
Are their chefs qualified (City & Guilds)?
Can you visit them during a function?
Can you try the food?
Do they have the facility to set up an outside kitchen?
Do they own the crockery (this might incur an additional cost)?
Do they have the correct vehicles to transport to your venue/marquee?
Can you see a video or pictures of previous functions?
If they can't answer yes to all of the above and give a positive response to the points below and more, then you should probably be entrusting us with the catering for your special day. With around 30-50 wedding catering events a year (only one at a time though!) you're in good hands.
Who are their suppliers and do they provide quality produce (meat, fish, vegetables etc.)?
Do they have premises that you can visit and see how things are produced?
What is included in the quote?
You may get a very reasonable quote for your catering; there is usually a reason why - you don’t want to find out on the day that crockery isn't included!
What happens if the generator stops?
Is there a water supply, can they bring their own if not?
Have you booked a catering tent with the marquee supplier?
Is the Champagne or wine that you supplied chilled?
Are crockery / linen / staff / travel / glasses included in the quote?
Are they trading from a residential property or have they invested in a proper business unit?